Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award

PengAward_Image-(1).jpgThe purpose of the award is to provide recognition to individuals that have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry. The annual award will be given to an individual or a group that: (1) has shown insight and understanding of ground control issues by developing concepts, theories or technologies that have been adopted by the mining community, or (2) has successfully implemented a ground control design or designs or practices. 

The award will be available to individuals/groups that have made such contributions to ground control related to coal and/or non-coal (metals, commodities, etc) or aggregate mines. In addition, in 2009, the Syd Peng Fund has added two Ground Control in Mining Scholarships to promote the science of Ground Control. Recent trends in mining engineering professionals indicate a shortage of competent ground control engineers. To help remedy this situation and promote the ground control engineering discipline, an undergraduate and/or graduate scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to encourage the development of ground control engineers.


2014 - Stephen C. Tadolini

In recognition for his long and distinguished career in the field of ground control and roof support as an outstanding manager, researcher and business developer, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen C. Tadolini has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the SME Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award.

Dr. Stephen C. Tadolini is currently Technology Manager for Orica where he directs new product development, drives technical service and quality functions in the North American Ground Support Business.  Prior to this appointment in 2013, he served as the Global R&D Manager for Steel products and Chief Technology Officer for Minova USA.  Before joining Minova, he was at NIOSH as the Ground Control Branch Chief working with a multidisciplinary team that examined complex ground control issues with a clear focus on mine safety issues. 

Early in his career, Steve worked 16 years for the US Bureau of Mines (USBM) before Congressional closure in 1995. He went to Rocky Mountain Bolt Company (RMB) as VP Technical Services driving the innovation of resin grouted cable bolts into the US mining markets.  RMB was acquired by Excel Mining System and then Australian National Industries (ANI) and Smorgen Steel serving in both senior technical and management roles.

His educational background includes a Ph.D., West Virginia University in Mining Engineering and MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado with a focus on geotechnical engineering (rock mechanics).

Steve is a member of SME, SAIMM, ARMA and ASTM.  He serves as Co-Chairman of the International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, established in 1981 by his friend and most important mentor – Dr. Syd S. Peng. Steve has authored and co-authored over 85 technical publications in government reports, journals and conference proceedings during a career that has spanned 35 years and included visits to over 175 underground mines on 5 continents. He and his wife of 30 years, Patricia, have two wonderful grown children - Katie and Patrick.

2013 - Ismet Canbulat
2012 - Bruce Hebblewhite
2011 - Frank Kendorski
2010 - Keith Heasley
2009 - Anthony Iannacchione
2008 - Thomas M. Barczak
2007 - Winton J. Gale
2006 - Christopher Mark
2005 - Wen H. (Daniel) Su